Man shot, carjacked at Detroit gas station

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Detroit man is expected to survive after he was shot early Friday during a carjacking at a gas station on the city's west side, according to police and the store manager.

The 27-year-old man was shot twice around 3:20 a.m. outside a Valero gas station on the 15400 block of Greenfield near Schoolcraft, Sgt. Michael Woody said. He was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition and expected to survive.

An employee first saw the two male suspects as they tried to enter the store before the carjacking, store manager Majid Khan said. The store is locked overnight, with customers admitted at the employee's discretion.

"She said they were wearing hoodies," Khan said of the suspects. "She couldn't see their faces."

Khan was not at work when the shooting occurred, he said. The employee called him to the scene immediately after the incident.

Shortly after the two suspects were denied entry, the victim arrived in a silver 2005 Ford Escape.

"The customer came to a pump, he pulled up but he left his car running," Khan said. "He came in and he grabbed a juice."

As the man approached the counter to pay for his drink, the employee spotted the two men in hoodies entering the customer's SUV, Khan said.

"(The victim) ran out, he tried to open the door (of his vehicle), and that's when they shot him," he said. "He came over here (into the store), saying: 'I got hit, I got hit.’”

The shooting was recorded by surveillance cameras both inside and outside the store, and a technician familiar with the system visited the station Friday morning to access the images.

In the footage, the victim can be seen entering the store while talking on his cellphone. About 20 seconds later, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and the victim ran back outside. The victim opened the driver’s side door but immediately fell backward when the suspect opened fire.

Inside the store, cameras captured the female employee spot the men jumping into the victim’s vehicle. She watched as the victim ran back outside and immediately called police when several shots rang out from the parking lot.

The man ran back inside and hunched over the counter, pleading for help before he slid to the floor.

Violent crime is not common at the gas station, said Khan, who has worked at the store for about five years.

"We've never even had a carjacking over here," he said. "Not since I've been here, at least."

The suspects are described by police as two men wearing black hoodies. One man was armed with a handgun, Woody said. Investigators have not identified the men but are following up on specific leads.

“I don’t want to say we have any persons of interest as of yet, but we did receive some information on the case that could lead us in that direction,” Woody said. “We don’t believe that it’s connected with (other recent carjackings) at this time, however, we haven’t ruled that out, either.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detroit police at (313) 596-2555 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.

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